When connecting to GoDaddy FTP servers, there are different types of issues and trouble that users can face. It gets worse if the issue is due to an unknown cause because then it becomes difficult to come up with a solution and to get things back working again.
In this post, we are going to go over some things that you should know about FTP in general, and about connecting to GoDaddy servers in particular.
Connecting to GoDaddy FTP: The Basics
Before we delve into the part dealing with connecting to GoDaddy FTP servers, let’s touch on some basics so that the discussion afterward doesn’t become too confusing. Of course, if you are familiar with ’em (which I think you are), then you can skip on to the next section.
What are FTP and FTP clients?
FTP stands for ‘File Transfer Protocol’. This is the protocol that is used by a client when it needs to transfer files to a server via a network. Using FTP, a system can connect to an FTP server. The latter is where the files are uploaded to or downloaded from.
In order to use the file transfer protocol, you have to use an FTP client. There are different clients available on the net that you can use such as SolarWinds and FileZilla.
Depending on where you have made your hosting accounts, the process of using the FTP client will be a bit different. For example, if you have opted for Linux hosting with cPanel, the process will be different than that of Windows hosting, etc. By using FTP clients, the whole file management procedure becomes easy and simple for the user. Normally, uploading and downloading files isn’t everyone’s job, but with these clients, anyone with a basic level of understanding can get around it.
Take WordPress, for example. Website building wasn’t this easy of a thing some time ago. But now, it’s all just drags and drops, and you’re good to go.
Things To Know About Connecting to GoDaddy File Transfer Protocol Server
The actual process of connecting to GoDaddy FTP is not that problematic or difficult. However, there are some issues that you can face, and which are reported from other users as well. So, let’s begin by highlighting some of those points.
The first thing to note is that GoDaddy only works with passive mode or passive FTP. You can enable this mode when configuring your server. If you don’t have the setting enabled, you could face problems when connecting to GoDaddy FTP so be sure to take care of this one.
The second point is that for connecting to the FTP server, you need to have access to certain details. The basic credentials, like your username and password, are obviously required. But other than these, there are some other connection information details viz. the host and server address, that you can view by going to your GoDaddy profile.
You can set the username and password when creating the FTP account on GoDaddy. If this is your first time, and you’re completely in the dark about the account creation process, don’t worry. In the next part of this post, we’ll be going over how you can do that using cPanel.
While we are on the topic of FTP accounts, it should be mentioned that the reason why multiple accounts are needed to connect to the FTP server is that a single account carries the information and credentials of only one user. When that user has to give clearance to another person to access the FTP server, another account will be required.
So, knowing how to create and manage FTP accounts is something of a necessity when connecting to the file transfer server on GoDaddy.
How to Create an FTP Account on GoDaddy
If you are a total beginner in the whole connecting to GoDaddy FTP thingamajig, there is one thing that you should understand before we get started, otherwise you could get a bit confused.
GoDaddy is the web hosting service whereas cPanel is the control panel. There are other types of the latter as well, such as Plesk and Ajenti.
Now, to create an FTP account on GoDaddy, the procedure will be different depending on the control panel you are using. However, the differences are generally negligible, and you should get a hang of the procedure even if you look at a tutorial on how to do it with a different software than the one you are using.
In this post, however, we will be looking at how to do it with cPanel. So, if you are currently using Windows hosting with Plesk, or some other tool, try and follow along as close as you can. As we said, the processes are more or less the same, and you will still get a good understanding of how to create accounts when connecting to GoDaddy FTP.
Open up FTP accounts
The first thing you need to do to create an account is to head over to the GoDaddy cPanel, and click on the option marked ‘FTP Accounts’. The option is highlighted in blue in the below screenshot.
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Fill out the deets
Once the screen comes up, go ahead and fill out all the details. The screen should be something like this:
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Here you will find fields for the password, username, directory, etc. At the very bottom is the quota that you can set as per your need.
Once you fill out the fields, you can go ahead and press the green button below to create the account.
Normally, you shouldn’t have any problem when you want to connect to GoDaddy FTP servers but, should that happen, it could be due to some of the reasons which we discussed at the beginning of this post.
By keeping the above pointers in mind, you will be able to smoothly transfer files and share access to the server as well (by creating and managing multiple FTP accounts).